And Now, if You Would, a Moment of Silence…

And Now, if You Would, a Moment of Silence… St. Mark’s Corner   I have mentioned before that my elementary school principal was Mr. Krieg. And how, during our Christmas pageants, he would sing a beautiful rendition of Silent Night interchanging verses in both...

Thanks For Forgiving

Thanks For Forgiving St. Mark’s Corner – By Richard Watkins For those who really don’t know me, behind the affable, genial, jovial, happy-go-lucky, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah exterior I often project, lies a jaded, cynical, pessimistic, sarcastic, and bitter heart and...

St. Joseph’s Corner: St Peter Julian Eymard

“When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint”….. “St Joseph is our guide and our model.  Because our vocation is like his, we must live his life, practice his...

St Joseph’s Corner: Father Donald Calloway, MIC

“Saint Joseph is our model for loving Jesus and Mary and souls.  Models are meant to be replicated.  Through imitation of St. Joseph’s virtues, we will become like our model and have a tremendous impact on our world.  Saint Joseph’s virtues will...

St. Joseph’s Corner: St Teresa of Avila

“Knowing by experience St. Joseph’s astonishing influence with God, I would wish to persuade everyone to honor him with particular devotion.  I have always seen those who honored him in a special manner make progress in virtue, for this heavenly protector favors in a...

St. Joseph’s Corner: St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote this of St Joseph: “Who and what manner of man this blessed Joseph was, you may conjecture from the name by which, a dispensation being allowed, he deserved to be so honored as to be believed and to be called the father of God. You may...

Mothers’ Day: Sixth Sunday of Easter

By Russ Wertenberg May 9, 2021 “I would like to thank Fr Samuel for allowing me to provide this spiritual reflection.  What wonderful readings to hear on Mother’s Day.  We are told by Jesus as I have loved you, love one another!  Wow, is that not the essence of what...

LENT 2021

LENTEN REFLECTION  By Teri Baxter.   I have been a member of St. Mark parish since 1976 and as those who spoke in previous weeks mentioned, I was asked to create this personal Lenten reflection. Seemed easy enough, but actually took quite a bit of thought and...

Ashes to ashes

  From the end of December through the end of April is a busy time for a lot of Catholics. More Catholics will go to church more times in these four months than in an entire year.   You have no doubt heard the phrase C&E Catholics; reserved for those in the faith...

The Man and the Flood

Tell me if you heard this one before. It goes like this:   A terrible, contagious a deadly disease came to a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning ordering everyone in the town to stay at home unless leaving was essential and necessary.   A faithful...